The SWO Gleaners was able to send 14 skids (over 500,000 servings) of dried soup mix to Ukraine and Poland in March. Partnering with Loads of Love Humanitarian and Aid Agency, we were able to send out product in response to the crisis in that area. We pray for a peaceful end to the war and stand by the people of Ukraine who are going through this terrible time. More shipments will hopefully go out soon again.
Volunteer relief work for Ukraine
We are grateful that restrictions and mandates are lifting across our area. Providing a safe working environment is our top priority. The past two years have affected everyone and we are happy to be slowly getting back to a more “normal” capacity. In March, we lifted our vaccine mandate and welcomed many new and returning volunteers.
We encourage past and future volunteers to come and join us! We feel fortunate that our facility has stayed COVID-free and we continue to maintain a safe work environment. Thank you, volunteers!
Potatoes from Prince Edward Island
Approximately 180,000lbs of fresh PEI potatoes have been delivered to the SWO Gleaners over the past couple of months. Through Food Bank Canada and the Government of Canada, we received this product as a result of the potato wart fungus that stopped exports to the USA. The government has given grants to ship some of this product to food banks and other charitable organizations across the country. The food is safe and the quality has been great. These potatoes have made our overall production rise as a result.
2022 Food Distribution
So far in 2022, we have donated over 1 million servings of dried, vegetable soup mix and apple snacks to local food banks and international aid agencies.
Below is a list of Distribution Partners, the amount donated from SWO Gleaners, and the location of shipments:
- Loads of Love Humanitarian & Aid Agency – 488,000 servings to Ukraine/Poland
- Canadian Food for Children – 462,000 servings to Central America and Africa (various countries)
- Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada – 72,000 servings to Cuba
- Diocese of London –Migrant Worker Program – 52,640 servings to Southwestern Ontario
- Kingsville Food Bank – 7280 servings to Kingsville
- St. Michael’s Church – 6160 servings to Leamington
- Homes for Hope – 3000 servings to El Salvador
In total, after the first quarter of the year, we have donated 1,091,080 servings to the above organizations for distribution.
Roger has been volunteering at the SWO Gleaners for over 3 years now. Along with his support worker, Roger enjoys helping where he can. He especially enjoys going along for deliveries and pickups in our truck. He brings a contagious energy and happiness to the shifts he works. Roger is quick to spot the largest or weirdest-looking produce. Over the past two years, Roger has volunteered over 100 days/year with us.
Thank you Roger for your hard work!
Annual General Meeting
At our AGM on March 26th, three new directors were welcomed to the Board.
Lisa Jeffery, Liam Brennan, and Carmel Gerard will begin their three-year term in April.
We also said goodbye to director Tamara Stomp, who steps down after serving as the Board’s Secretary for several years and more recently as Chairperson for the past two years. Thank you Tamara for your contributions to SWO Gleaners over the years!
2022 Board of Directors
2022 Board of Directors: David Campbell (Chairperson), Greg Tiessen (Vice-Chair), Art Krueger, Vern Toews, Susan Ross, David Dent, Carmel Gerard, Liam Brennan, Lisa Jeffery, Tina Quiring (Treasurer) & Alison Klassen (Secretary)
For more information on the SWO Gleaners, or to become a volunteer, please contact the office or stop by for a tour. Contact: Joel Epp, General Manager 519-326-7687 or [email protected]